Every autumn, Bellingham’s population balloons by several thousand just before classes begin at Western Washington University, one of Washington state’s six four-year public universities and the cultural hub of Bellingham. Western consists of 80 permanent buildings on a 195-acre main campus in Bellingham, a 95-acre off-campus facility at Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes, and Lakewood -- an 11-acre, jointly owned student/university facility at Lake Whatcom. The Chemistry Building (opened in 1993), Biology Building (opened in 1995) and technology facility (opened in 1996), form a state-of-the-art science complex. About 75 percent of Western’s course offerings are through its College of Arts and Sciences. Complementing a liberal arts education is Western’s other colleges, which include the College of Business and Economics, Fairhaven College, College of Fine and Performing Arts, Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Woodring College of Education, and the Graduate School.